COVID-19 infected Thai embassy staff repatriated from India on special RTAF flight

Three Thai officials working at the Thai Embassy in New Delhi, India, who are infected with COVID-19, and another, who is considered as to be high risk, were flown into Bangkok on Saturday on a Royal Thai Air Force Airbus 320.

The RTAF special flight also delivered medical equipment and supplies, donated by Indian communities in Thailand, to the Indian Red Cross Society, said RTAF Commander-in-chief Air Chief Marshal Airbul Sutthiwan last night.

Air force and Disease Control Department medics were also on the flight with medical equipment, to provide care for the returning embassy officials and to make sure that the Indian variant of COVID-19 does not spread.

After landing, separate ambulances took the three patients to Ramathibodi Chakri Naruebodindra Hospital in Samut Prakan province, Lertsin Hospital in Bang Rak district and the Prasat Neurological Institute. The fourth official, who is not infected, was taken to a Bangkok hotel for quarantine.

The flight’s crew, as well as the medical team, also entered compulsory quarantine for 14 days.

ACM Airbul said that the RTAF is ready to provide humanitarian support and to repatriate Thai nationals stranded abroad if so required.


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